Living Our Values and Principles: Exploring Assessment Strategies for the Scholarly Communication Field | Educopia Institute

“Through the Next Generation Library Publishing project (2019-2022), Educopia Institute, California Digital Library, and Stratos, in close collaboration with COAR, LYRASIS, and Longleaf Services, seek to improve the publishing pathways and choices available to authors, editors, and readers through strengthening, integrating, and scaling up scholarly publishing infrastructures to support library publishers. In addition to building publishing tools and workflows, our team is exploring how to create community hosting models that align explicitly and demonstratively with academic values. 

Living Our Values and Principles: Exploring Assessment Strategies for the Scholarly Communication Field explores the relationship between today’s varied scholarly publishing service providers and the academic values that we believe should guide their work. We begin with a brief definition of the academic mission and then briefly probe how profit motivations have come to dominate the current scholarly publishing marketplace. We consider and analyze how academic players from a range of stakeholder backgrounds have produced a broad range of “values and principles” statements, documents, and manifestos in hopes of recalibrating the scholarly publishing landscape. We contextualize this work within the broader landscape of assessment against values and principles.

Based on our findings, we recommend that academic stakeholders more concretely define their values and principles in terms of measurable actions, so these statements can be readily assessed and audited. We propose a methodology for auditing publishing service providers to ensure adherence to agreed-upon academic values and principles, with the dual goals of helping to guide values-informed decision making by academic stakeholders and encouraging values alignment efforts by infrastructure providers. We also explore ways to structure this assessment framework both to avoid barriers to entry and to discourage the kinds of “gaming the system” activities that so often accompany audits and ranking mechanisms. We close by pointing to work we have recently undertaken: the development of the Values and Principles Framework and Assessment Checklist, which were issued for public comment in July-August, 2020 on CommonPlace (hosted by the Knowledge Futures Group).  …”

EarthArXiv Preprint Server Re-Launches on CDL-Hosted Janeway Platform – Office of Scholarly Communication

“California Digital Library (CDL) is excited to announce the official re-launch of the EarthArXiv preprint server, now hosted by CDL on the Janeway platform. The site provides access to nearly 1,500 recent preprint publications covering a wide range of topics in Earth Science — and researchers who wish to make their findings immediately and openly available can submit papers now….”

New Report Provides Recommendations for Effective Data Practices Based on National Science Foundation Research Enterprise Convening – Association of Research Libraries

“Today a group of research library and higher education leadership associations released Implementing Effective Data Practices: Stakeholder Recommendations for Collaborative Research Support. In this new report, experts from library, research, and scientific communities provide key recommendations for effective data practices to support a more open research ecosystem. In December 2019, an invitational conference was convened by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the California Digital Library (CDL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The conference was sponsored by the US National Science Foundation (NSF).

The conference focused on designing guidelines for (1) using persistent identifiers (PIDs) for data sets, and (2) creating machine-readable data management plans (DMPs), two data practices that were recommended by NSF. Professor Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, of Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, designed and facilitated the convening with the project team….”

EarthArXiv announces new partnership with California Digital Library to host earth sciences preprint service – Office of Scholarly Communication

“The Advisory Council of the EarthArXiv preprint service for earth sciences is pleased to announce a partnership with the California Digital Library (CDL) that will support EarthArXiv’s mission, future growth, and long-term sustainability. Core to this partnership will be the transition of EarthArXiv’s preprints server – including public display and submission management – from the Center for Open Science to the eScholarship Publishing program at the CDL.

CDL will host EarthArXiv using Janeway, an open source publishing platform developed by the Centre for Technology and Publishing and the Open Library of Humanities at Birkbeck University of London. EarthArXiv’s Advisory Council will maintain ownership and control over the preprint server, while the eScholarship Publishing team will contribute to the development, support, and maintenance of the Janeway platform.

Since its founding, EarthArXiv has partnered with the Center for Open Science to host its content online. Recently, however, financial considerations made it necessary for the Advisory Council to explore alternative hosting partners. “After several organizations stepped up to offer new partnerships (for which EarthArXiv will always be grateful), the Advisory Council voted unanimously to partner with the team at the California Digital Library,” said Bruce Caron, one of the founders of EarthArXiv….”

HathiTrust: A Digital Library Revolution Takes Flight

“The phrase “closed until further notice due to COVID-19” has become all too familiar. And, while we have started to grow accustomed to losing access to many resources that typically define our community existence, there’s one that’s particularly crucial to student and faculty researchers: libraries. For some, it may be easy to write off libraries as “nice-to-have.” But for scholars, they are essential. And as library doors began to shutter throughout California and much of the world, the potential impact on the academic community was profound.

Thankfully, the University of California has been preparing for this moment for decades. In 2008, the UC Libraries co-founded HathiTrust, and started contributing scanned copies of books and journals to the new organization. Based at the University of Michigan (U-M), HathiTrust is a large-scale repository of digital content collaboratively created by academic and research institutions. As researchers lost access to vital hard-copy materials, it initiated an Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) to give UC researchers critical access to more than 13 million digital volumes. This revolution has been immediately impactful — and a profound advancement in sharing digital content….”

Encouraging Adherence to Values and Principles in Scholarly Publishing | Educopia Institute

“Through the Next Generation Library Publishing project (2019-2022), Educopia Institute, California Digital Library, and Stratos, in close collaboration with COAR, LYRASIS, and Longleaf Services, seek to improve the publishing pathways and choices available to authors, editors, and readers through strengthening, integrating, and scaling up scholarly publishing infrastructures to support library publishers. In addition to building publishing tools and workflows, our team is exploring how to create community hosting models that align explicitly and demonstratively with academic values. …”

Next Generation Library Publishing | Educopia Institute

“In this project, Educopia, California Digital Library (CDL), and Strategies for Open Science (Stratos), in close partnership with LYRASIS, Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), and Longleaf Services are working to advance and integrate open source publishing infrastructure to provide robust support for library publishing. Our project goals include:

Creating a more balanced, effective academic publishing ecosystem that aligns with academic values and increases choice, opportunity, and innovation via compelling library publishing solutions;
Developing tools and standards that allow better integration of campus repository systems and publishing workflows across the lifecycle of scholarly research;
Establishing sustainable, community-governed, open solutions that rival best-of-breed commercial tools and advance scholarly communication in important ways….”

National Emergency Library Online Books For Free | HYPEBEAST

“In these difficult times, the Internet Archive is doing its part during the coronavirus pandemic by canceling its waitlists and launching a National Emergency Library to support those who cannot access local libraries due to closures or self-quarantine. The online database grants free access to over 1.4 million books. From J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings to Toni Morrison’s Beloved, the options seem endless. The books are available to anyone with Internet connection….”

 

CDL Open Access Appointments: Welcome Ellen Finnie and Tran Ha! – California Digital Library

“It is our great pleasure to announce that Ellen Finnie will be joining CDL as Open Access Publisher Agreements Manager. In this role, Ellen will be responsible for initiating, developing, and coordinating the implementation and assessment of open access publisher agreements across a broad spectrum of publishing partners in support of UC’s transformative open access initiatives, expanding our capacity to enter into such agreements and ensuring that these agreements are effectively designed, managed, and integrated into library and publisher workflows.  

Ellen is well-known throughout the library and publisher community for her leadership in scholarly communication and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this role.   At MIT, Ellen led open access, licensing, authors’ rights, and scholarly communication transformation efforts, including open access policy development and implementation and creating a licensing program focused on leveraging contracts to enable more open and equitable access to the scholarly publishing ecosystem.  Ellen led negotiations under MIT’s open science principles as manifest in the MIT Framework for Publisher Contracts, and spearheaded groundbreaking open access agreements with the Royal Society of Chemistry and ACM (the latter in collaboration with UC, Carnegie Mellon and Iowa State University).  We are thrilled that Ellen has chosen to contribute her passion, energy, and considerable talents to further the cause of open access transformation at the University of California.

Ellen will assume her position at CDL effective March 23rd and will work out of her home base in the Greater Boston area. 

We are also extremely pleased to announce that Tran Ha has accepted a position as Open Access Data Analyst at the CDL effective March 16th.  In her role as data analyst, Tran will support a growing publishing analytics program to underpin UC’s transformative open access publisher initiatives, including an expanded capacity to share our analytical methodologies and offer consulting support to other institutions engaged in similar efforts.  The position will also support analytic work for the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and we are grateful to them for providing collaborative funding for this new position.

Tran comes to us from UC Berkeley, where she was a senior business systems analyst in the Central Evaluation Unit, working to develop and maintain a multitude of reports relating to undergraduate progress towards degree completion.  Prior to her work in the CEU, Tran was integral to the implementation of PeopleSoft Campus Solutions on Berkeley’s campus, supporting data conversion from legacy systems and cleaning up transfer credit data.  Tran brings with her a remarkable capacity for tackling complex projects, a strong facility for communicating technical and data-related concepts to audiences of various levels of expertise and understanding, and a deep interest in data analysis and visualization….”

CDL Open Access Appointments: Welcome Ellen Finnie and Tran Ha! – California Digital Library

“It is our great pleasure to announce that Ellen Finnie will be joining CDL as Open Access Publisher Agreements Manager. In this role, Ellen will be responsible for initiating, developing, and coordinating the implementation and assessment of open access publisher agreements across a broad spectrum of publishing partners in support of UC’s transformative open access initiatives, expanding our capacity to enter into such agreements and ensuring that these agreements are effectively designed, managed, and integrated into library and publisher workflows.  

Ellen is well-known throughout the library and publisher community for her leadership in scholarly communication and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this role.   At MIT, Ellen led open access, licensing, authors’ rights, and scholarly communication transformation efforts, including open access policy development and implementation and creating a licensing program focused on leveraging contracts to enable more open and equitable access to the scholarly publishing ecosystem.  Ellen led negotiations under MIT’s open science principles as manifest in the MIT Framework for Publisher Contracts, and spearheaded groundbreaking open access agreements with the Royal Society of Chemistry and ACM (the latter in collaboration with UC, Carnegie Mellon and Iowa State University).  We are thrilled that Ellen has chosen to contribute her passion, energy, and considerable talents to further the cause of open access transformation at the University of California.

Ellen will assume her position at CDL effective March 23rd and will work out of her home base in the Greater Boston area. 

We are also extremely pleased to announce that Tran Ha has accepted a position as Open Access Data Analyst at the CDL effective March 16th.  In her role as data analyst, Tran will support a growing publishing analytics program to underpin UC’s transformative open access publisher initiatives, including an expanded capacity to share our analytical methodologies and offer consulting support to other institutions engaged in similar efforts.  The position will also support analytic work for the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and we are grateful to them for providing collaborative funding for this new position.

Tran comes to us from UC Berkeley, where she was a senior business systems analyst in the Central Evaluation Unit, working to develop and maintain a multitude of reports relating to undergraduate progress towards degree completion.  Prior to her work in the CEU, Tran was integral to the implementation of PeopleSoft Campus Solutions on Berkeley’s campus, supporting data conversion from legacy systems and cleaning up transfer credit data.  Tran brings with her a remarkable capacity for tackling complex projects, a strong facility for communicating technical and data-related concepts to audiences of various levels of expertise and understanding, and a deep interest in data analysis and visualization….”